MFA in Graphic Design

The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program is a collective of students, faculty, and international and local designers who come together to explore the central issues of our day.

Graduate Graphic Design at Otis

Our MFA in Graphic Design program serves the needs of both working professionals and traditional students. You’ll learn to work across media and platforms through a series of studio projects, visiting artist workshops, courses in design theory and history, and roundtable discussions.

MFA Graphic Design Artwork
MFA Graphic Design Artwork
MFA Graphic Design Artwork
MFA Graphic Design Artwork
MFA Graphic Design Artwork

What You’ll Learn

Our MFA Graphic Design coursework engages research, discourse, critical thinking, and iterative processes with the goal of discovering many possible design outcomes. This ensures you can take on challenges and opportunities in contemporary graphic design practice.

MFA student artwork
MFA student artwork
MFA student artwork

Student Work

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Student artwork
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Graphic Design Faculty

Like our visiting artists and lecturers, the MFA in Graphic Design faculty are experienced, working professionals who bring distinct perspectives to each classroom.

Brendan Griffiths

Brendan Griffiths

Department Chair

Department: Graphic Design, Illustration

Hazel Mandujano faculty portrait

Hazel Mandujano

Assistant Department Chair

Department: Graphic Design, Illustration

Riah Buchanan's Picture

Riah Buchanan

Director, MFA Graphic Design, Associate Professor

Department: Graphic Design, MFA Graphic Design

Meet the Faculty


Career Possibilities

Advertising, animation, environmental design, branding and identity design, publishing, and web design are just a few examples of industries that Otis MFA Graphic Design graduates enter. Storyboarding, signage and wayfinding, exhibition design—even copywriting—are some of the unique ways our alumni apply their education.

  • ABC 
  • Adams Morioka
  • Anthropologie
  • Apple 
  • Autry National Center
  • Bau-Da Design Lab
  • Capitol Records
  • Chiat/Day
  • Conde Nast Publications
  • Deutsch LA
  • DeVa Communications
  • Disney 
  • Eisbar
  • Gehry Partners
  • GUESS?
  • Guitar Center
  • Hallmark
  • I Design Studio
  • IE Design + Communications
  • Interscope Records
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • Mattel
  • Maverick Records
  • Maxx Marketing
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Metro Transit Authority
  • MOCA Los Angeles
  • Neuron
  • Ogilvy Worldwide
  • Nuby Technology
  • Quiksilver
  • Sony Music
  • Target
  • Tornado Design
  • Twentieth Century Studios
  • Univision 34, KMEX-TV
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • Von Dutch
  • Warner Bros. Records
  • WB Network
  • Young & Rubicam
MFA Grad Book Fair

Annual Book Fair

Organized by students, visiting artists, and faculty, the Otis MFA Graphic Design Art Book Fair inspires conversations around cultural publishing, graphic design, art, and culture in Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond.

Contact Us

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Phone: 310-665-6820

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